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The average age of a successful startup founder is 45

December 11th, 2019 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

  It’s widely believed that the most successful entrepreneurs are young. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg were in their early twenties when they launched what would become world-changing companies. Do these famous cases reflect a generalizable pattern? VC and media accounts seem to suggest so. When we analyzed founders who have won TechCrunch […]



What makes Silicon Valley different?

September 20th, 2019 at 9:30 am » Comments Off

The home in Menlo Park, California, where Sergey Brin and Larry Page founded Google in 1998. Paul Sakuma/AP Like Detroit with automobiles or Pittsburgh with steel, Silicon Valley is synonymous with technology. In her new book The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America, Margaret O’Mara casts a historian’s eye on the contradictions of […]



LA new mobility challenge

August 27th, 2019 at 9:44 am » Comments Off

 The L.A. New Mobility Challenge is a major global startup competition focused on solving the challenges of urban mobility. The third edition of the Challenge brings together 12 semi-finalists who will pitch their innovations on stage to a crowd of top Venture Capitalists and key public and private stakeholders on November 13, 2019, the eve […]



How much VC money goes to women entrepreneurs? The numbers are pretty dismal

February 16th, 2018 at 1:39 am » Comments Off

Most venture capitalists are men who aren’t excited about women-led and women-focused businesses.



Vinod Khosla predicts AI will replace human oncologists

June 22nd, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

While much of the conversation around AI and jobs is focused on widespread job losses in sectors like trucking, venture capitalist and Sun Microsystems cofounder Vinod Khosla thinks that there’s a high-paying job on the chopping block: oncology.



The race to monetize artificial intelligence has begun

June 1st, 2016 at 9:01 am » Comments Off

The artificial intelligence (A.I.) battle has been heating up. IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google all continuously release impressive technologies in the space that are capturing the minds of developers and customers. From a market standpoint, A.I. is positioned to become a pillar of the next generation of software technologies. We can expect all those […]



The Exodus from Silicon Valley

March 10th, 2016 at 9:15 am » Comments Off

Over the past few years, there has been a sort of entrepreneurial utopia bloom in Silicon Valley. Young kids with big ideas moved to the Bay Area, where zealous venture capitalists were anxious to fund the next Facebook or the next Uber. However, there’s been trouble in paradise recently. Mega-rounds have declined, and companies have […]



Only 3% of Americans are legally allowed to invest in startups

June 23rd, 2015 at 9:42 pm » Comments Off

All of the venture capitalists that are worth more than $1 billion are all men. Most of these men have invested in Groupon, LinkedIn, Skype, YouTube, Paypal, Facebook and others. Chances are, you are legally barred from joining their exclusive investors’ club.



B V M – Keys to Funding

May 7th, 2015 at 1:44 pm » Comments Off

Karl Dakin:  I sat through a number of entrepreneur pitches recently and was frustrated by the fact that none of the pitches addressed any of the keys to funding: Benefits Value Management Without this trifecta, there is no basis for any funding, regardless if the funding is a charitable gift, an impact investment or a […]



$500,000 for a startup idea sketched on a napkin?

April 23rd, 2015 at 4:35 pm » Comments Off

You have no product, traction, or even a working prototype, but you have an idea for a startup.  Well then you could still get up to $500,000 from a new wave of venture capitalists.  These “pre-seed investors”  will be happy to fund your future business endeavor.  



Marc Andreessen’s 16 ideas for a more dynamic US economy

March 3rd, 2015 at 2:30 pm » Comments Off

In a recent “tweetstorm,” venture capitalist Marc Andreessen offers 16 “somewhat-less obvious ideas for how to expand the number of “unicorn” great tech startups over time.”



Silicon Valley investors betting against banks

February 24th, 2015 at 3:24 pm » Comments Off

WorldRemit a London-based money transfer startup, has announced a new $100 million funding round, with a reported valuation of more than $500 million.  Silicon Valley venture capital firm TCV, which has previously invested in everyone from Facebook to Spotify and Netflix, will lead this round.



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